SRINAGAR: Police on Saturday detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, from his Maisuma residence here on Saturday. Soon after his detention, he was shifted to Srinagar Central Jail.
“Police during morning cordoned off the residence of JKLF chairman and arrested him. He was immediately sent to Srinagar central jail on judicial remand till 26th June 2017,” a JKLF spokesperson said.
Prior to his arrest, Malik said that “RSS backed PDP regime” had made a new norm in Kashmir by arresting more and more people and incarcerating them in jails on this auspicious occasion.
“On Eid, prisoners are usually released from jails and police stations as a good will gesture. So-called rulers are actually annoyed with our Chrar-i-Shareef visit and this arrest is actually like taking revenge from us,” he said in a statement released by JKLF.
Malik said that Kashmir had been turned into “a killing field and a large prison”. Since last year, Malik said, authorities besides killing hundreds, blinding and injuring thousands, are incarcerating thousands of young and old who were languishing in jails and police stations.
The arrest comes just 10 days after Malik was last arrested on 13 June to prevent him from taking part in a meeting called by pro-freedom groups in the valley, moments after Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and his secretary Shahid-ul-Islam were put under house arrest to restrain them from attending the same meeting.
Yasin Malik was also detained earlier on 11 June in south Kashmir’s Shopian district due to apprehension of breach of peace, according to police.